14th Jun, 2021

'Some disruption' as work to install parking machines at Coventry's War Memorial Parks gets under way

NEW car park payment machines will be installed in the Kenilworth Road site from this week in the War Memorial Park.

The machines will ensure motorists are eligible for three hours free parking and will be operate from July 5.

The works may cause some minor disruption when park visitors enter and exit the park by car via Kenilworth Road.

Coun Abdul Salam Khan, Coventry City Council’s deputy leader, said: “The new parking policy will enable people to visit the park for long periods without being charged and allows all park visitors to enjoy all of its wonderful facilities.

“If people, arriving by car want to stay at the park for more than three hours, they will be charged.

“We believe this is fair and any income generated will go towards the implementation and administration of the car park charging scheme.”

Motorists will also be able to purchase a weekly ticket again in line with charges at other long stay car parks.

Charges after the free three-hour period are in line with charges already applied in both the city centre long stay tariffs and those applied at Coombe Abbey Park – for example. £5 to park for the whole day.

Motorists will also be able to purchase a weekly ticket again in line with charges at other long stay car parks.

In considering the rates for motorists who park at the War Memorial Park for more the three-hour free period and travel into the city centre or elsewhere by bus, a discounted tariff charge of £1 is a included.

Users will be required to request a discounted ticket on-board. This recognises the fact that, even though the venue is not a dedicated park and ride site, there are in the region of 14,000 people per year who use the site for onward bus travel and are already charged on average £3.10 for a return bus ticket.

Work on the pay-on-foot barriered system at Kenilworth Road will take about four weeks to complete.

Pay and display machines at the smaller car parks at Leamington Road and Coat of Arms Bridge Road will also be installed ready for the July 5 date. Payment will also be cashless at these two car parks.

The council says in recent years visitor numbers to the park have grown, and in that time, new equipment and features such as the outdoor gym equipment, has added to the vibrancy and appeal of the park.

What do you think about the new parking plans for Coventry’s War Memorial Park and other areas of the city? Are you happy with the changes or do you feel they should be left as they are? Email your views to editor@coventryobserver.co.uk

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